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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

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As difficult as it is to believe in the digital era when most people are connected with smartphones, iPads and laptops, a new survey reveals that a significant proportion of Michigan residents lack high-speed Internet connectivity.

A proposed new development could help solve one of the Muskegon’s nagging problems: its lack of density in the downtown area to support a thriving retail sector.

A heightened level of new launch activity in the automotive sector coupled with a supply chain running at near full capacity has led to a wave of new business for one West Michigan firm.

Almost every manufacturer in West Michigan that survived the roller coaster economy of the last decade has a story to tell.

The whole state of Michigan seems to be bursting at the seams with startup breweries, each with missions of locally sourced ingredients and sustainability. While those ideals are at the heart of a new startup brewery in West Michigan, the company is taking its business model one step further by becoming a cooperative.

Michigan’s first female head winemaker at a commercial winery was just honored by her alma mater for her role in the food industry. In August Purdue University awarded St. Julian Wine Co.’s Nancie Corum-Oxley the “Outstanding Food Science Award.” She spoke with MiBiz. 

As construction ramps up for a new bus rapid transit line in greater Grand Rapids, the area’s regional transit authority is busy studying whether it should implement a similar system along its route with the highest ridership.

As most of the automotive industry suffers through capacity constraints as it ramps up production volumes, one market segment that’s had the exact opposite problem is battery electric vehicles.

As the so-called “blueberry capital of the world,” it’s no surprise that lakeshore community of South Haven has its share of agriculture-related businesses.

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